Do you ever have difficulty “turning off” your mind when you lay your head on your pillow at night? I know this happens to me from time to time. Our brains like to work overtime!
The human mind is fascinating. It can trap numerous facts, make decisions, and change focus from one second to the next. Our minds work so hard during the day that sometimes at night they just won’t quit. The brain can continue firing thoughts in bullet-like fashion until we “turn it off” and choose to let go of the day’s responsibilities. Otherwise, thoughts like these keep us awake:
When is my dentist appointment?
How will I ever get everything done?
I wish I had helped her more.
I really shouldn’t have snapped at him when I was angry.
Did I move that frozen fruit to the refrigerator to thaw?
Sound familiar? I hope this post helps you remember to still those tumbling thoughts from your day and fall asleep peacefully. Talking to God in prayer and remembering the thoughts below help me to rest peacefully. Maybe they will encourage you, and maybe you can use similar thoughts to help someone else who struggles to rest well.
A vibrant peach hue glows through the branches as the sun nestles low in the sweet gum tree.
Firefly stars sparkle in the grass.
A feathered creature renders his solo announcing the coming darkness.
Crickets chirp with rapid yet peaceful cadence.
Frogs join the chorus of creation’s dusk anthem.
Day is done.
Nothing more can be accomplished.
Let go of your troubles, child of God.
The dawn brings a fresh start.
Pull the sheet to your chin.
Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath.
Accept peace from the Prince of Peace.
Thank Him for today.
Listen as He draws the curtain closed on another day and whispers,
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
–John 14:27 NASB
Thank You, Father, for designing days with an ending. Frustrations and missed opportunities abound, yet you offer mercy, forgiveness, and peace. May tomorrow’s words and actions be acceptable to You. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
–Philippians 4:7, NASB